Tonight is Game 1 of the World Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians. Technically, we don’t have skin in the game since neither of our two teams are in the series. Our teams are the Arizona Diamondbacks, but they were terrible this year, and the Washington Nationals, who at least made it to the postseason but alas, fell to the Dodgers earlier this month.
We visited Wrigley Field during a trip to Chicago, but didn’t get a chance to attend a game. It seemed like a lovely place and we enjoyed our time in a nearby store picking out plenty of Cubs paraphernalia. Consequently, we love the Cubbies.
That being said, we also like Cleveland. The Indians’ manager, Terry Francona, is a fellow University of Arizona alum, where he played baseball and along with his Wildcat teammates, won the 1980 College World Series. We have followed his career since his time at the Red Sox.
Baseball is not something that we grew up watching, but rather developed a taste for in college. However, we did spend a lot of time watching movies during our youth. Weekend mornings, we would wake up and eat our breakfast in front of the tv, watching either cartoons or movies. In those times, there weren’t 500 channels to choose from or internet programs to stream, so we had limited options. Movies were always being replayed and two of our favorite movie choices were Field of Dreams and A League of Their Own. Two great baseball movies.
Field of Dreams was released in 1989, starring Kevin Costner and the wonderful bass voice of James Earl Jones. This movie is great not only because it is inspirational, but also because it has some baseball history in it. We love the down on his luck, family man Ray Kinsella played by Kevin Costner who is also a novice farmer. While walking through his fields one night he hears a voice say “If you build it, he will come.” You can see this scene below. We think it is one of the greatest scenes of the movie and the tagline is so relatable.
Ray goes on to plow one of his fields and builds a baseball field. Nothing happens until one night he and his daughter see Shoeless Joe Jackson appear who then brings other players from the 1919 Black Sox Scandal to play in Ray’s field.
The other character we loved in this movie was Terence Mann, a radical author, played by James Earl Jones. At the time, we only knew James Earl Jones from this movie. We were too young for the Star Wars Trilogy and Darth Vader. Plus The Lion King had not been released yet. He is a wonderful actor with a very memorable voice.
The other baseball movie we enjoyed watching over and over was A League of Their Own which was released in 1992. This movie follows a fictional team in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. The AAGPBL, however was a real league that existed from 1943-1954. During that time, over 600 women played in the league.
A League of Their Own has several stars in it, including Tom Hanks, Genna Davis, Madonna, and Rosie O’Donnell. You can read this news article from Time that talks about a real life group of women who played in the women’s league.
The most famous line from this movie that we love to quote is “There’s no crying in baseball!” which was screamed by Tom Hanks’ character, Jimmy Dugan.
We hope these two movies get you hyped for the World Series tonight and may the best team win!